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Jibo, the faceless robot at the service of the family

Born in California, Cynthia Breazeal grew up surrounded by technology and innovators. Her parents had one of the first computers available, after college her mother urged her to study electronic engineering and became famous in the late 1990s for Kismet, the first human-interacting machine. With two big eyes, […]

Born in California, Cynthia Breazeal grew up surrounded by technology and innovators. Her parents had one of the first computers available, after college her mother urged her to study electronic engineering and became famous in the late 90s for Kismet, the first machine that interacted as a human. With two big eyes, thick eyebrows and red lips Kismet could converse, respond to commands and had learning skills, albeit limited. Then Siri arrived, which made human-machine interaction easier and more affordable for everyone. Meanwhile, Breazeal has perfected her idea by creating Jibo, a handyman robot capable of interacting with the various members of the family, proposed on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform where it has far exceeded the target. Jibo can take a photograph, make a video call by following the face of people framed even while on the move, telling an interactive fairy tale to children, sending reminders, reading messages, making reservations online … Thanks to integrated face recognition technology, he always knows who he is dealing with, behaving accordingly: he addresses to a child in a pleasant and amusing tone, while changing tone with the adults.

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